CRU London offers two very distinct and practical leather backpack designs, both beautifully handmade by our artisan craftsmen in Portugal.
The collection of leather handbags and backpacks have been designed by its design studio in London according to their brand’s ethos of simple, practical and eccentric designs.
CRU London enjoys being adventurous as well, clearly evident in its signature design trait of using only vibrant red zips throughout the collection, most notably on the Old Nichol backpack where it has been used to maximum effect running around the base of the backpack to allow expansion and to create a fabulous contrast between the inner caramel suede lining and the external tan leather.
Clearly no corners have been cut, not in terms of design, materials or the standard of skills offered by CRU London’s small team of artisans. Only the best vegetable tanned leather hides have been used and the handbags and backpacks even boast with a beautifully rich, caramel suede lined interior. What other handbag designer offers a material good enough to be used on the outside, as an interior lining? Not many!
CRU London’s designs evolved from a small premier collection of four designs only, launched in February 2015 to a full signature collection of twelve designs including two backpacks, nine handbags and one iPad Case following their launch of a further eight designs at Pure London in August 2015.
The Old Nichol backpack was the first to be released and has formed one of the most popular designs from the entire collection, having gained a lot of positive exposure and feedback from both high-profile fashion bloggers, such as A Clothes Horse, as well as many happy customers. It has a strong and distinctive design, the red zip being a key feature, but equally its charm lies in its natural character gained from the ageing of the vegetable tanned leather, positioning itself to become a much loved and cherished companion for years to come. It’s certainly not a season-buy, something that can be said of the entire CRU London collection.
As for the Gordon backpack, this is the second backpack design released and has already gained significant attention and limelight of its own. Whilst a more elegant and grown-up design from the Old Nichol, it also appeals to the nomad trendsetter amongst us, unfazed by going against the stream or being the rebel within society.
All CRU London’s handbags and backpacks are bound to become a mere extension of yourself; it’s simply a question of choosing the design that speaks out most to you. The rest will fall into place.
So which will it be? The playful Old Nichol or the more elegant and reserved Gordon backpack?